My Street Commando is...

My Commando is...


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L.A.B.

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What are cotton reel mounts?

AV mounts...
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...due to their similarity to what's often referred to as a 'cotton reel' in the UK.
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Interesting... The "Heavily Modified / Customs" have surpassed the "Originals" (albeit only by 1)
 
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They were wooden when we were kids... Two matchsticks, a candle and rubber band, and we used to race them! Simple times !!
I did too, my dad ex-RAF made them and told me they were based on a strange ’bomb’ type of thing.

I’ll have to go and Google what they were somehow.
 
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And I found it. It was called a Panjandrum. Read below


Yes... did read and believe there may even be footage of experimental firing, like two giant catherine wheels and totally uncontrollable!!
Again, I'm sure I have reference to 'walking' sea mines, possibly as experiments for use beneath pontoon mounted nets...

Apologies OP... Thread drift !!
 
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I can recall a TV programme not too long ago that built a version themselves - they couldn’t make it work either.
 
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how do brake upgrades feature on the scale of modifications? I have a sleeved down master cylinder, Norvil fork leg, 12" floating disc, Lockheed alloy caliper etc.

p.s. if my bike was truly original, it would still have a big white fairing, fastback LR tank with a radio tray, a single seat with a rack over the huge mudguards etc. And a chronometric speedo and no tacho.
 

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how do brake upgrades feature on the scale of modifications? I have a sleeved down master cylinder, Norvil fork leg, 12" floating disc, Lockheed alloy caliper etc.

p.s. if my bike was truly original, it would still have a big white fairing, fastback LR tank with a radio tray, a single seat with a rack over the huge mudguards etc. And a chronometric speedo and no tacho.
"Lightly Modified"
 

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We have achieved centenary success.

Our Nortons are, MAINLY (by a significant margin), restored or refurbished to lightly modified spec. A safe assumption is that MOST of these bikes have electronic ignition, and suspension & braking upgrades, with other cosmetics changes such as seats & handlebars.

The rarest (also by a significant margin) are totally original bikes, and bikes that have been restored to original condition.

Also in their own minority are full-on customs, which probably include at least one race bike.

The other sectors run the fairly evenly-split spectrum between totally original and full-on custom.

It might be interesting to compare this survey with the "Age of our Members" survey that was done some time ago. i wonder if there is any correlation?

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Part of the equation is how long you've owned your Norton. Mine was bought new and even though it has the typical upgrades (and a few not typical), it's never been "restored" or "refurbished", it's been a well maintained semi-original since new. Basically, it's been in a constant state of restoration from the day I rode it off the dealer's lot.
 

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Interesting survey grandpaul . If it is of any help I can volunteer some more info about me/mine .
I’m 68 ( in a couple days ) . I have owned my current Commando for 17 years - was all original when I bought it with the exception of one rim which had been replaced with a Radieli . (spelling ?)
It had stood unused in a heated machine shop for many years.
I got it running, put tires on it and rode it for a few years then began to tear it down and build my dream Commando. Life got in the way for a bit ( including the Commando getting a seawater bath when Sandy hit us ) but I eventually got it done . I know you and others followed my build log here.
So the extent of my mods were -
Rebuilt wheels w / SS rims & spokes.
Drilled & Blanchard ground rotor .
Sleeved master cylinder
SS front fender
Old Britts cast Aluminium tail lamp
Amal Premiers
Braided SS oil lines
Dave Taylor type head steady
Most fasteners replaced with SS
Corbin seat
I purchased TriSpark ignition / coils but have not installed it - running beautifully on old fashioned points .
Not really a mod but main frame replaced with new from AN because of rust issues with the original due to the salt water dunking .
There you have it - Thanks again for starting this interesting bit.
Cheers to all - RT
 
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